• Petitioning Tim Stevenson

This petition will be delivered to:

Animal Enforcement Officer
Tim Stevenson
Chief of Police
Thomas E. Carlotti
Investigative Services Commander
Officer Tesore
Special Services Divisions Commander
Captain Scott A. Heidt
Patrol Division Commander
Captain Randy E. Faipler
Pennsylvania Governor
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State House

Tranquilizer Guns Not Revolvers

    1. Heather Garczynski
    2. Petition by

      Heather Garczynski

      Erie, PA



The senseless murder of Pit bulls without provocation simply because of their breed is unacceptable.  Gage, a 18-month old pit-bull was brutally shot and killed by Millcreek Police Department while swinging in a tree for no other reason than his genetic make-up.  Gage was a friendly, loving dog that loved to play in trees to make people laugh, release his energy, and most of all to get attention.  He got loose Friday September 20, 2013 and wandered a block away from his home.  A neighborhood animal lover called animal enforcement so that he could be returned to his owner.  She stated that she wasn't afraid of Gage but had concerns because she didn't know the dog and there were other dogs and children in the neighborhood.  He had jumped up on her for attention twice and when she told him to get down he did, a sign that he was non-aggressive.  Another witness said that he was behind her granddaughter and when she turned around and saw him at first she was startled but began petting him.  Other children started petting him also and he showed no signs of aggression toward them.  He began jumping up and swinging on the caller's tree branches as he always did to please his crowd.  The caller stated she stayed close by him so that if he left, she could tell them his direction so they could get him back home to his family.   When animal control and the police department showed up he was still in the tree.  They summoned all of the bystanders to the other side of the street .  The property owner saw the officer pull out a gun and states she told him "Don't shoot that dog."  He responded "it's a tranquilizer gun," he lied, it was a bullet.  He shot Gage center mass in the chest while swinging in the tree causing him to fly approximately 15-20 feet across her lawn.  Evidence of the way the tree branch snapped may indicate the branch still in his mouth when  the force of the gunshot jolted him backwards toward her residence.  The bullet exited his back, which was facing her house, putting everyone inside the dwelling in imminent danger.  She was traumatized by the brutal murder of this innocent pet and was in hysteria as she had to clean up pools of blood in her yard.  She anticipated that they would arrive, put a snare collar on him, and get him back to his owner. That is the main reason why she called, not to have him shot.  The police have been fabricating stories of aggression and potential attacks contrary to eye witness accounts of the events.  Please sign this petition to send a clear message to the Millcreek Police Department that using lethal force on Pit bulls because of their breed is unacceptable, unless there is a clear and imminent danger of life.  Swinging from a tree is not a sign of aggression and does not deserve the death penalty.  Gage was somebody's pet, child, family member and friend that liked to play in trees, not a vicious criminal that needed to die.


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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Justice for Khaos

      Heather Garczynski
      Petition Organizer

      On March 16, 2014, 18 month old Pit Bull Khaos was shot and killed by police that were responding to a loose dog call. According to a witness at the scene, Khaos was only five feet away from the door to the front of his house and was not aggressive in any way to the officer. The responding officer crouched down and called the dog. Khaos turned and walked away from the officer confirming the officer was not in imminent danger. Although Khaos did not approach the officer, was retreating and posing no threat, he was shot and killed. Please sign this petition to send a clear message that killing our family pets is unacceptable. We also demand that documentable Dog Encounter training must be mandatory for all law enforcement officers at the Harrison Township Police Department when subduing loose dogs. How many of our family pets have to die at the hands of untrained officers who misread what is and what is not aggressive behavior in dogs?


      Chief Michael Klein: Justice for Khaos

      On March 16, 2014, 18 month old Pit Bull Khaos was shot and killed by police that were responding to a loose dog call. According to a witness at...

    3. Justice for Titan

      Heather Garczynski
      Petition Organizer

      On March 1, 2014 police responded to a loose dog call on the City of Erie’s eastside. Officer Armory, badge #381, and Officer Quinn, Badge # 428 arrived at the scene and witnessed Titan, a large dog, sniffing around his yard. They shot him once. After being shot, Titan retreated to the family’s shed. Both officers then followed Titan into the shed and he was shot 3 more times killing him. Witnesses have stated that the dog was bothering no one and was not exhibiting aggressive behavior before or after officers arrived. Animal Enforcement was never called despite being on call 24/7 and having the necessary training to non-lethally subdue loose dogs. Law enforcement officers of the Erie Police Department including the officers that responded to the call, have no documentable dog encounter training. How many more pets and people have to die at the hands of trigger happy law enforcement officers? Please sign/share/invite this petition: http://chn.ge/1cS87TC

    4. Decision-maker Joseph Vitarelli responds:

      Joseph Vitarelli

      Please please lets train police officers to use tranquilizers guns and determine if the situation needs to be dealt with by force or not. I have to beautiful dogs that I love so very much and would hope the the police would not shoot firs...

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Round 2 of Protests

      Heather Garczynski
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all, Tomorrow we will be protesting the Millcreek Police Department again for the senseless shooting of 1 1/2 Pit Bull Gage who was hanging in a tree when he met his horrendous fate. We will be delivering the petitions during our protest and would like to thank each and everyone of you that have signed. Please continue to share on your Facebook pages and any other social media outlet available so that we can seek Justice for Gage...because WHEN THERE IS NO JUSTICE THERE WILL BE NO PEACE...

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kerry Lyons NO, PA
      • 15 days ago

      My heart breaks for the family of this beloved pet, and all the family members of pits that are killed. Yes, take the aggressive ones in and see if they can be rehabilitated, but to kill him? When no one was in danger? I grew up in Millcreek, and the police were always gentle and peaceful. What went wrong?

    • Evelyne B ANDUZE, FRANCE
      • 2 months ago

      Yet another example of why law enforcement really DOES need good training in animal handling.

    • Jody Cousins LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 2 months ago


    • formolo teresa CARNIERES, CO
      • 3 months ago


    • Lisa Chociej MARIETTA, OH
      • 4 months ago

      Because pit bulls and pit mixes are just animals, dogs, before breed. It is WRONG to blame breed! Instead of punishing these innocent dogs, we SHOULD be more strict about punishing their abusers.


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